Bat For Lashes Creep Toward The Pop Life

noah | April 7, 2009 10:00 am

Our look at the closing lines of the week’s biggest new-music reviews continues with a roundup of reactions to Two Suns, the second album by Bat For Lashes, which comes out in the U.S. today:

• “Pounding on pianos, cranking out delicate little click-clack beats and shivering through choruses with an ultraromantic soprano, Khan proves she’s a powerhouse under her billowy sleeves. She could be the next Kate Bush—or, at the very least, she could be Björk’s new spirit animal.” [Melissa Maerz, Rolling Stone]

• “However, there’s a creeping pop sensibility here-‘Daniel’ sounds like a breathier take on Stevie Nicks’ most elegant compositions, and ‘Pearls Dream’ brings a Kate Bush drama to the dancefloor. An easy (if slightly front-loaded) listen that Khan performs effortlessly.” [Jeff Leven, Paste]

• “Although undeniably beguiling in mood, Two Suns can occasionally feel unsubstantial. Yet it’s a broadly impressive album, though not, perhaps, the wholly compelling one Khan will surely one day make.” [Alex Ogg, The Quietus]

• “Khan is a fantastic package and a good, if not as maverick as some believe, songwriter. In a year when no one wants to sing about making a cup of tea, she’s just the ticket.” [Johnny Davis, Observer]